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ATP tour cancels tournament in Israel

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

TEL AVIV, Israel - The ATP tour has cancelled the inaugural Israel Open that was set to be played next month in Tel Aviv because of security concerns "arising from the military conflict in the region."

The tournament was set to be held September 15-21 and would have been the first ATP tournament held in Israel since 1996.

But amid Israel's military campaign against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, ATP President Chris Kermode said "we do not feel we can proceed as planned given the situation in the region."

"Ensuring the security of our players, fans and all those involved in organising a world-class event, is our No. 1 priority," Kermode said in a statement.

"We hope to be back in Tel Aviv next year. In the meantime, and much more importantly, we hope for a swift return to peace in the region."

The tournament was meant to replace an event previously hosted in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the ATP calendar.

Asaf Tochmeir, the chairman of the Israeli Tennis Association, said he regretted the decision.

"We at the ITA have done everything to ensure a successful ATP event takes place in Israel," Tochmeir said.

"We have raised sufficient funding and have taken care of all organisational requirements.

"On this occasion, I would like to express our most heartfelt concern for the soldiers as well as our condolences for the civilian casualties. We hope to see a swift resolution to the current situation."








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